Colonel sets school record with 68 points

Gabriel rushes for 174 yards, 3 TDs, Lam­bert and Stan­ley each score two touch­downs

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — The Colonel Richard­son High foot­ball team gave the home crowd a lot to cheer for Fri­day night, Sept. 28, by set­ting a school record for points in a 68-31 vic­tor y over Ar­ca­dia, Va.

The sin­gle-game scor­ing mark tops the 64 points the Colonels scored against Snow Hill in 2016. But it was a de­fense play that sparked the out­burst.

Colonel’s Jor­dan Gabriel led the way with 174 yards rush­ing and three touch­downs. Tyler Stan­ley rushed with 136 yards and two touch­downs. Ma­son Lam­bert added 102 yards on the ground and two touch­downs.

Colonel’s of­fense strug­gled to gain con­sis­tency in the first half, trail­ing the Fire­birds 1514 late in the sec­ond quar­ter. Ar­ca­dia (3-3) used the pass­ing game to take the lead, and looked for more points with less than a minute to play be­fore half­time.

But that is when Colonel de­fen­sive back Ryan Stan­ton turned the game around. Ar­ca­dia quar­ter­back Lethon Williams rolled right and threw down­field. Stan­ton streaked to the ball, leaped, made the in­ter­cep­tion then sliced through the Fire­birds on his way to a 60-yard touch­down to give the Colonels a 20-15 lead.

“Ryan’s play was huge,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said. “He dropped into cov­er­age, and made a good read. Once he caught the pass, he did a great job of fin­ish­ing the play with a great run­back. Gotta give credit to the whole de­fense be­cause they all made big blocks to get him to the end zone.”

Af­ter Stan­ton’s pick-6, the Colonel of­fense scored on seven straight sec­ond-half pos­ses­sions to pull away.

Colonel quar­ter­back Jackie Ze­bron opened the third quar­ter with an 11-yard touch­down pass to Dakota Wil­son for a 26-15 lead.

Ar­ca­dia did not go away, with Shykeam Ja­cobs cap­ping a seven-play drive with a 1-yard touch­down run and two-point con­ver­sa­tion to cut the deficit to 26-23.

The Colonels re­sponded quickly with bruis­ing runs by Gabriel, who rushed for 20 yards and 16 yards on con­sec­u­tive car­ries. Stan­ley in­creased the lead on the drive’s third play with a 12yard touch­down run up the mid­dle. Gabriel’s two-point con­ver­sa­tion put CR up 34-23.

Ze­bron got into the act on de­fense when he in­ter­cepted an Ar­ca­dia pass. Stan­ley’s 34yard sweep set up Gabriel’s 21-yard touch­down up the mid­dle for a 40-23 lead.

A long kick­off re­turn gave Ar­ca­dia field pos­ses­sion in­side the CR 10-yard line. Williams scored on a 1-yard sneak, then added a two-point run to bring the Fire­birds within 40-31.

The Colonel run­ning at­tack con­tinue to grind up yards on its next pos­ses­sion, go­ing 52 yards on six plays. Gabriel scored his sec­ond TD on a 1-yard plunge. Stan­ley added a two-point con­ver­sion for a 48-31 lead at the end of the third quar­ter.

“Af­ter the half, we made some ad­just­ments, and we started click­ing,” coach Mangum said. “We wore them down. The way our of­fense is built wears teams down.

“We could get that me­thodic, slow first down here, first down there.” he added. “But then we broke some big runs. You saw more of the big runs in the sec­ond half as we con­tin­ued to pound the ball. We took ad­van­tage of it.”

The Fire­birds could not muster any more of­fense in the fourth quar­ter. The first drive ended on con­sec­u­tive sacks by Bran­don Jester and Wil­son, re­spec­tively.

Af­ter a punt, Ze­bron con­nected with Wil­son again for a touch­down, this time for 30 yards and a 54-31 lead.

Colonel de­fen­sive back Eli­jah Palmer got the ball back for the of­fense with a div­ing in­ter­cep­tion. Lam­bert scored two plays later on a 3-yard run. Remy Mangum added the ex­tra point for a 61-31 lead.

A promis­ing kick re­turn for Ar­ca­dia ended with a fum­ble, which was re­cov­ered by Palmer, his third turnover of the game. Gabriel capped the scor­ing with a 60-yard touch­down run, high­lighted by a pow­er­ful stiff arm to break free from a de­fender.

The first half was a sharp con­trast from the sec­ond-half shootout. Colonel used an 11play drive to march 76 yards. The long­est play of the drive came on Stan­ley’s 16-yard touch­down run through the mid­dle. Lam­bert added a two­point run to give CR an 8-0 lead.

Ar­ca­dia coun­tered with 12play scor­ing drive to tie the score. Williams con­nected with Bry­den Bib­bins for a 10yard touch­down pass. Bib­bins caught the two-point con­ver­sion to even the score at 8-8.

Colonel re­sponded with a 44-yard touch­down run by Lam­bert to take a 14-8 lead. Ar­ca­dia used an­other 12play drive to take the lead. Williams went deep to Airey Fin­ney for a 29-yard touch­down. The ex­tra point gave the Fire­birds a 15-14 lead mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son full­back Jor­dan Gabriel breaks a tackle and races 60 yards for a touch­down against Ar­ca­dia Fri­day, Sept. 28. This scor­ing run broke the school record for most points scored in a game for Colonel.

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